There’s no denying that COVID-19 has made a huge impact on our everyday lives. Our local communities are the hardest hit, this is an especially important reason why we should be supporting them now more than ever. Due to the unusual times, people are coming together to support each other, their communities, and those on the front lines.
Here are some local businesses you can support that are making adjustments to ensure you can still enjoy your favorites while you’re safe at home.
Norfolk - Naro Virtual Screenings
This Norfolk movie theater has been standing since 1936. If you thought Coronavirus was going to stop them from keeping on, you thought wrong. Although the theater is temporarily closed, the Naro is continuing to work with movie distributors to bring customers a streaming service they can enjoy from the comfort of their homes while still supporting the Naro. To view a selection of their available virtual screenings, click here. You can also still indulge in some of your regular popcorn and movie theater treats with Naro's Popcorn Speakeasy. Simply head down to the theater between 4-8pm and place your order at the front door. Complete your order with a soft drink or candy, a staff member will bring your order out to you directly when ready.
Virginia Beach - Bay Local
The VB fan favorite, Bay Local, is offering 50% meals for first responders and kids eat free. Along with online ordering, customers can also pick up their favorite dishes via curbside pickup and takeout. Bay Local has a variety of options available such as grab ‘n’ go meals, brunch, and family dinner specials you can enjoy from home.
Virginia Beach - Sandler Center
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach has launched a new Facebook group — Virtual Stage Coastal Virginia — aimed at bringing the local performing arts community together as Hampton Roads residents continue to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can visit their Facebook page here.
Virginia Beach - Hot Tuna
This restaurant is getting very creative by offering a Family Market Wednesdays and Saturdays that includes fresh seafood, produce, beef, chicken, beer, and wine. There are always different items on a daily basis, Hot Tuna suggests calling ahead or placing an online order through their website. In addition to this, the restaurant is offering large family portioned meals and their regular dinner favorites, both are available for pickup.
Virginia Beach - Chesapeake Bay Distillery
While typically known for their selection of local spirits, Chesapeake Bay Distillery has shifted gears to provide hand sanitizer in wake of the shortage due to COVID-19. The company is selling sanitizer by the gallon and by the bottle. Their 2 oz. bottle sizes can be found locally at the Hilltop, Haygood, Great Bridge, and Kempsville Taylor’s Do It Center locations.
Virginia Beach - Living Museum
Trainers at the Virginia Living Museum bring viewers on a daily virtual tour of the premises while posting different engaging activities, lessons, and feeding time videos. You can find daily posts on the museums Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
While these are just a few business highlights, there are many more restaurants and stores in the area redirecting their offerings to adapt to social distancing guidelines. Check in with the companies you love to see if they’re participating in anything from takeout deals to virtual entertainment!